I grew up in Leon, a town of 600 people in the middle of Kansas. My grandparents owned the general store on Main Street and my mother was the local music teacher. While everyone else was into sports and farm activities, I was taking ballet and drama lessons. Children’s theatre in the big city of Wichita, 30 miles away, was my haven. Let’s just say, I was a fish out of water!
I graduated from Wichita State University with a BA in theatre. WSU summer theatre was where I did 6 shows in 6 weeks and choreographed the musicals for 4 incredibly educational summers. I went on to get an MFA in acting from Ohio University. While at OU, I did summer stock in Columbia, South Carolina, an internship at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and got my equity card at the St. Nicholas Theatre in Chicago.
Then at last, I made it to the big city of New York. While there I went to Milwaukee Rep to do French farce, auditioned for a ton of commercials, and was a hostess at A Quiet Little Table in the Corner (yes every table was “supposed” to be in a corner). After a year, my significant other at the time got a job in L.A. and I moved to the other coast. There I studied with the late Jose Quintero for a time. I then met Roy London and studied with him until his death.
I continued to do theatre in N.Y. and L.A., appearing with the late Vittorio Gassman off-Broadway and with the acclaimed Mabou Mines company. I made my L.A. stage debut as Darlene in the West Coast premier of Lanford Wilson’s “Balm in Gilead”. Numerous theatre credits include Alaska Rep, the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, Los Angeles Theatre Center, and many more. TV credits include “Criminal Minds”; “Without a Trace”; “ER”; “Family Law”; “State of Grace”; “Walker Texas Ranger”; “Married With Children”; “Empty Nest”; recurring on “Star Trek TNG”; etc., etc. Film credits include Vanilla Sky, Crocodile Dundee in L.A, Bob Roberts, and more.
I continue to live in L.A. with my wonderful husband, that I just happened to meet while acting in a “girls in prison” film in Argentina. I serve on the board of and am an acting company member of Antaeus, an acclaimed L.A. based classical company. “Special Thanks to Roy London” is my first time as an associate producer. I do though, just like everybody else in Hollywood, have a great treatment for a pilot.